Sometimes it seems as though the church is operating on one leg. How can anything have the strength to perform its created purpose if it is not built to completion? The following illustration may help explain where the strength of the church has gone and how it can be restored. First, find a chair in your room that has four legs. Now, sit in it. This design was thought out in advance to support your weight. Each chair is designed and built for the purpose of holding your weight while performing the task you sat down to complete. What would happen if you removed three of the four legs from your chair and continued to attempt sitting in it? Even if you could make it work, your focus would be on not falling over instead of accomplishing your task. Likewise, each church has a design and a purpose that is given to it by God, and when it is not standing on all four legs, so to speak, it cannot perform its created purpose effectively.
Unfortunately, this is the case with many churches. The church is designed, like the chair, to support you in your purpose, which is bringing people to Christ. However, most churches support the entire work of their ministry on the tithe of ten percent of those who attend. If the church doesn’t have the financially stability to know if they will be able to cover all of the bills each month, it is basically sitting in a chair created to have four legs but operating on one!
Imagine with me what could be done if all of us who say we have given our lives to Christ, would really give our lives to Christ.
An obedient heart can change the world. Can you imagine the impact we could have if the entire body of Christ was obedient in the tithe? How can we start? First, you and I must commit to tithe now. Today. Then we must teach and influence our children and other believers in our lives such as siblings, parents, and friends on the importance of the tithe. Giving is an important indicator of what we value. This is important to evaluate because the Bible clearly states that God commands us to judge ourselves so that we won’t be judged guilty by Him (1 Corinthians 11:31).
2 Corinthians 5:17 reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” If you are a new creation and old things have passed away, such as selfishness and hardness of heart, why are these these qualities still present? A sure sign that you are saved is that you no longer have a stingy heart, but you instead exhibit a generous heart. In becoming a new creation in Christ, you have been given a heart that now values people before money!
• “People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.” (Proverbs 21:2 NLT) The King sets the tithe as a standard so we know where our heart is according to Him. After all, He is the final judge!
• “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son.” (John 3:16) Loving and giving are inseparable! You can give without loving but you will never be able to love without giving.